Mission Oaks Looks For A Top 10 Finish In The State Tournament With New Coach Zee Enriquez

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Aug 042015


Zee and son Jaden Enriquez
Pablo Di Maria
Under Coach Travis Carpenter, the Mission Oaks wrestling team had a successful 2014-2015 wrestling season. They qualified three wrestlers to the CIF state tournament in David Campbell (113 lbs.), Jaden Enriquez (132 lbs.) and Anthony Medley at 160 lbs. The Hawks also finish ninth in the Central Section and 13th in the CIF state tournament with two state finalist.
Now that Zee Enriquez (father of Jaden) will be taking the reins of the Mission Oaks wrestling team, and Coach Travis Carpenter will be staying in the program, expect big things from the small school from Tulare County.
“The first object for me as a coach is to build the camaraderie between wrestlers and coaches and hold a good stability in the room,” Zee Enriquez said.
With the addition of some tough incoming freshman to the Hawk wrestling team, Zee believes they can make the practice room a place to build future state champions.
“The expectations for this year, is to continue the success that we started a few years ago with David and Jaden. We have some tough incoming freshman that we are going to add to our arsenal and we’re very excited that some of these kids are going to make the room even better. In addition, I will make sure to preach to them the importance of not only being good on the mats but also in the classroom.
Zee has been involved in the sport of wrestling for many years. Especially, coaching his son (Jaden) throughout his youth career. This will be the first time Zee will be taking over a high school squad.
“This will be my first time ever being a head coach in high school. I’ve been offered many opportunities in the past and I’ve declined all. This year I decided to finally step up to the plate and coach some of the top wrestlers in the country. I have been a youth head coach for many years, so now being a high school coach will truly be a challenge I am willing to take head on.”
David Campbell is currently ranked # 19 at 120 lbs. while teammate Jade Enriquez is ranked # 12 at 132 lbs.in the nation by Associated Wrestling News.



Joe Gonzales: A Wrestler From The Tough Streets Of East L.A.

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Aug 042015


By Pablo Di Maria
Los Angeles, CA – When you first hear the words “East Los Angeles” the first few things that may occur in your mind, might be – Mexicans, Chicanos/as, Low Riders and great Mexican cuisine. Nevertheless, besides these matters, there’s also the other side of East Los Angeles. Things like gangs, criminal offense, murder and drug dealing. East Los Angeles is a city where you learn to become an adult at a young age. Many teenagers tend to fall victims of their environment and live a short life span. And then, there are kids like Joe “Gonzo” Gonzales, who didn’t let his surroundings take him down like it claimed so many of his friends.
Joe was born at White Memorial Hospital in the heart of Boyle Heights to Mary and her husband Joe Sr., a foreman in the park maintenance department of Montebello, California. Growing up in Montebello, a small city near Boyle Heights, Joe was a normal kid that played football and wrestled in high school. His friends and he decided to join the wrestling team as ninth graders. In spite of serious injuries that hampered his scholastic career, Joe stuck with the sport. Going into his junior year of high school, Joe was diagnosed with a malformation of the spine that troubled him all year. In his senior year as the post-season was about to begin and having a 30-0 record, Joe suffered a concussion in the practice room that caused him to sit out the post-season and forgo his dream of winning an individual CIF state championship.
“I was distraught that I never achieved my goals of being a California state champion. Even so, during the summer after graduating high school, I traveled to Iowa to compete in the Senior Freestyle Nationals at the Iowa University Fieldhouse (AKA as Fargo), where I was fortunate enough to win the tournament and also win the most Outstanding Wrestler Award,” Joe Gonzales said.
Joe’s parents insisted that he went to college to obtain an education and that’s precisely what Joe did as he enrolled at East Los Angeles Community College to get his physical education degree. Joe’s parents didn’t want him to be another gang death statistic and join the working field rather than attend college.
His East Los Angeles Coaches – Ben Bohlander, Robert Sheppard, and Shiro Aoyama –influenced him 100 percent to pursue wrestling beyond the Junior College level. The coaches changed Gonzales’s life for the better as they instructed him about life and education. If it wasn’t for them, Joe wouldn’t know where he would be today. Gonzales 48-1 record and an individual Junior College state championship in 1976 at 118 lbs. got him a lot of attention from some of the best Division I colleges. After a tough decision, he decided to attend the University of Oklahoma and wrestle for Coach Stan Abel.
“The Oklahoma coaching staff tried to modify my style of wrestling and thus the reason I decided to return back to East Los Angeles and finish my associate’s degree. Even before I wrestled at East Los Angeles, Shiro Aoyama taught me the Japanese style of wrestling –to be slick, quick and create angles during my matches to take down my opponents. “
Joe’s coaches at East Los Angeles College told him that if he wanted to be a World and Olympic champion that he had to be great on his feet. It was branded on Joe’s brain that if he could take down any opponent he faced, he could definitely beat them. Another pointer he received from his coaches was to never wrestle on his knees. Joe went on to compete at Cal State Bakersfield as a college junior and senior, he won 98 of 99 matches and NCAA 118-pound titles in both Division I and Division II (the latter twice). In 1980, as a senior, he established NCAA single-season records for most victories (55), most takedowns (448) and best record (55-0).
Joe recognizes that his workout partners (John Azevedo, Tim Vanni, Adam and Dan Cuestas) made him a better wrestler and helped him readjust his wrestling technique. He also knows that the eight months in Japan training with Yuji Takada (1976 Olympic champion) and other lightweights from Japan, made him master his takedown technique. His wrestling stance was unusual in America as Joe was constantly moving side to side, creating angles to get the takedown. Joe was one of the foremost innovators of the “West Coast Style” of wrestling with the takedown and let him up approach that many kids from California tend to do on their matches.
But like any wrestler, Joe still remembers about his sole loss in college to Gene Mills from Syracuse University. Joe went into the match undefeated and as the No. 1 seed in his weight class.
“It was my fault for not wrestling smart enough versus Gene. I made mistakes during the match that cost me the victory. Victories are great, however, you always remember the losses.”
At the end of the match versus Gene, many of his peers went up to Joe and told him that they believe the referee made a bad call that resulted in him being behind in the match and eventually losing it. Many wrestling fans don’t know that Joe and Gene met earlier in the year in the West/East All-Star Classic were Joe won the match, 11-9. Gene redshirted the next season since it was an Olympic year in 1980. Joe went back to the drawing board and trained to get ready for international competition.
Joe’s International career literally began in 1982 when he won the 1982 World Cup held in Toledo, Ohio. His win over his USSR opponent helped the U.S. win this event for the second time ever, the final score was (6-4). The victory was witnessed by 6,000 flag-waving fans according to the book “Encyclopedia of American Wrestling.” That same year, Joe took third at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, at 114.5 pounds. But his most impressive tournament win, came when he won the prestigious 1982 Tbilisi Tournament held in the country of USSR. The great Dan Gable once told a reporter “This is the toughest tournament in the world. The Olympics are nowhere near as hard.”
Joe went into the Tbilisi tournament with the mindset that he could win the tournament and he did. He became the seventh American to win event for the U.S., previous winners from the U.S. were Don Behm (1971), Dan Gable (1972), Ben Peterson (1973), Russ Hellickson (1974), Wade Schalles (1976) and Gene Mills in 1980.
“It was the most memorable tournament win in my career. The fact that most weight classes had up to 20 registered USSR athletes in it, made the win more special for me. In 1982 I was the only foreigner to win the tournament.”
Now, Joe is a Physical Education teacher at Carr Intermediate Middle School in the city of Santa Ana, California, in Orange County. He is married and has two sons, Joey (six-years old) and Jake who is five. Joe would love to see both boys follow his footsteps and take up the sport of wrestling in the near future.
“If they don’t accomplish anything in wrestling that’s okay. I simply want them to feel what the sport of wrestling teaches you. To be tough, never quit and to not be afraid of hard work. That’s a dream of mine to see them wrestle and learn life experiences.”
As far as how can we help California become a better wrestling state, Joe reminds us that bringing college programs back to California is the key to better our state. With the lack of Junior College programs in California, most of our wrestlers stop competing after high school.
“We in California are so tough and populated with great wrestlers that don’t experience the chance to further their wrestling careers in college. They don’t have a place to go like I did back in the 70’s. The Junior college system had almost 70 programs when I wrestled in it. Now days we are down to only 20 teams. We need to improve this situation together. However, despite the bad situation we’re doing all right, but we can do even more with more college programs. FILA also took away my weight division (114.5 lbs.) and Tim Vanni’s (105.5 lbs.) weight class. It didn’t help those smaller Hispanics and Asians that tend to be smaller in stature. They become discouraged and leave the sport.”
 Joe is still giving back to the wrestling community by teaching wrestling at the Orange County Grappler Academy helping out those that have the will and desire to become great in the sport of wrestling. Hopefully in the near future we will see Joey and Jake dominating the mats of California just like their father did.
Joe Gonzales International Accomplishments
1980 and 1981 AAU National Freestyle Champion at 114.5
1982 Freestyle Toledo (OH) – 114.5 – 1st (World Cup)
1982 World Championships (Edmonton, Canada) -114.5 – 3rd
1982 Tbilisi Tournament – 114.5 – 1st (7th ever U.S. wrestler to win it)
1983 Freestyle Toledo (OH) – 114.5 – 2nd (World Cup)
1983 World Championships (Kiev, USSR) – 114.5 – Participant
1984 Freestyle Toledo (OH) – 114.5 – 1st (World Cup)
1984 Olympic Participant – 114.5
1985 World Championships (Budapest, Hungary) -113.5 – 4th
1989 World Championships (Skopje, Poland) -114.5 – 5th


Two Renegade Wrestlers Moving On To The Next Level

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Aug 022015


Cesar Luna (174 lbs.) and Jack Murphy (197 lbs.)
By Pablo Di Maria
Bakersfield College Head Coach Brett Clark is excited to announce to the California wrestling community that two of his athletes Cesar Luna (174 lbs.) and Jack Murphy (197 lbs.) will be furthering their college educations at Warner Pacific College (Ore.) and York University (Neb.).
Cesar Luna wrestled for West Bakersfield High School, where he placed third in the tough Yosemite Divisional at 160 pounds and qualified to the Central Section Masters Meet as a high school Junior. As a collegiate wrestler, Luna qualified to the California Community College State Championships twice in his career (2012 and 2014). In 2014, he placed fifth in the state tournament at 174 lbs.
“174-pound state medalist Cesar Luna is going to Warner Pacific in Oregon to continue his wrestling and Education. The coaching staff and I are very proud of this young man. He is a great wrestler and even better Man. Along with being a great wrestler Cesar is currently a reserve in the Marines. Great job young man,” Coach Brett Clark said.
The other young man who will be taking his wrestling talents to a four-year institute is Jack Murphy (197 lbs.). Murphy dominated the Junior College competition by ending the season undefeated with a 24-0 record and becoming a California Junior College state champion. The last Renegade wrestler to have gone undefeated in a season was two-time state champion Miguel Gutierrez at 149 lbs. in 2003 and 2004.
“It is with great joy that I arrive to announce that Jack Murphy has verbally given to attend York University this next year. Jack was the 2014 Junior college state champ going 24-0. Coaches Marcos Austin, Joe Espejo and I are proud of this young man. We are proud of you and hope the best in your future endeavors.”
Both Warner Pacific College and York University compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics division.

Fargo Moments from Team California

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Aug 012015



By Pablo Di Maria
Each year athletes from California make news on the mats of Fargo that makes us wish we were there to see them live. However, life’s unexpected circumstances can stop us from attending Fargo.  Nevertheless, here are some of those stories for all to read and relive once again.
Cadet Women’s Freestyle
-Team California literally pinned the competition at Fargo Cadet Nationals with 51 pins at a time of 117:34. The closest team to California was Illinois with 21 pins and a time of 44:26.
-Not only did team California pin their way into a National Championship, they also teched 24 of their opponents they met last week.
-Selma’s Gracie Figueroa won Cadet Nationals without giving up a point in five matches with scores of (0:54, 11-0, 11-0, 1:33 and 5-0). In the finals of the 115 lbs. weight class, Figueroa got the best of Ronna Heaton of South Dakota and defeated her 5-0 to claim her first Fargo Cadet National Title. Heaton was the favorite to win Nationals as she had already defeated Gracie twice at Folkstyle Nationals via scores of (2-0) and (3-1 SV-1). Heaton made history this past season by placing seventh at 106 lbs. in the 2015 SDHS Boys Class A championship wrestling tournament as a sophomore.  Quite an accomplishment for a young woman coming from a state that has no women’s wrestling program.
-Out of the seven matches Jenna Garcia (132 lbs.) wrestled in, four of them were won via tech falls. The time Garcia was on the mats while getting the technical falls was 10:17.
-All-American Kylie Baker of Stockdale High had the fastest pin in the tournament. The pin was recorded at 0:13 seconds.
-The one-two-punch for Selma High – Gracie Figueroa and Alleida Martinez – were tied for the most points scored (8) for Team California.
-Jenna Garcia (132 lbs.) scored the most match points (55 pts.) in the seven matches she wrestled in.
-Team California won 81 out of the 132 matches they competed in and had a 61 % winning percentage.
-With fifteen All-Americans, Team California won their fourth consecutive Cadet National Title.


Cadet Men’s Greco Roman
-Concord Youth Center was on fire in the Cadet tournament. Members of the club – Patrick Ramirez (126 lbs.) and Peyton Omania (145 lbs.) made the finals of the event. Ramirez became the fifth De La Salle wrestler to win a Greco-Roman National Championship.
-Peyton Omania teched fall his way into the finals at 146 lbs. to finish as the National runner-up. The total time spent on the mat at Nationals was 12:16.
-Out of the eight matches Angelo Reyes (113 lbs.) wrestled at Nationals, he won six of them via pin.
-Team California had a total of 68 pins in the Cadet Greco-Roman tournament.


Cadet Men’s Freestyle
-Danny Salas of St. John Bosco and Gavin Nye of Corning High were the only All-Americans for Team California at Cadet Freestyle Nationals.
-Team California had 64 wins via tech falls in the tournament.
-Out of the 240 matches that Team California wrestled at Nationals, seventy-nine were won by pin.


Junior Women’s Freestyle
-The match between Sariyah Jones (Enoch High) and Aleeah Gould (Canyon High) at 105 lbs. was the only match where two team members met in the finals.
-Gracie Figueroa (Selma High) was the only Double National Champion in Fargo as she won titles in the Cadet and Junior Division.
-The Junior National Team broke the all-time record of All-Americans in a year with 28.
-Sydnie Theisen (Terra Nova High) place fourth at California folkstyle state and eighth at Junior Freestyle State. However, she managed to advance all the way to the finals of Junior Nationals at 172 lbs.
-As a team in the Junior Division, Team California had 115 total pins, 40 tech falls and scored 1,368 match points in the tournament. They also won 177 matches out of the 284 matches they wrestled.
-Kendall Reusing (172 lbs.) pinned five out of the six opponents she faced at Nationals.
-Alyssa Aceval (117 lbs.) teched fall four of her opponents at Nationals. Aceval went on to place fifth at Nationals.
-Delilah Houck (117 lbs.) scored the most points in a match for Team California by scoring 19 points versus her opponent from Oklahoma.
-Rachel Butler (139 lbs.) scored a total of 84 points in the eight matches that she wrestled.


Junior Men’s Greco-Roman
-Danny Aiello (220 lbs.) had the most pins of Team California with four. The total time for the matches was 4:34
-Billy Weaver (145 lbs.) scored the most points in a match for Team California by scoring 22 points versus his opponent from Team Alabama.
-David Stepanyan (195 lbs.) became an All-American for the Los Angeles City Section when he placed fifth in the tournament. The last Los Angeles City Section wrestler to do so was Ali Naser in 2013.
Junior Men’s Freestyle
-Unfortunately, Randon Miranda (113 lbs.) wasn’t able to re-peat as a Junior Freestyle National Champion.
-Team California won 100 out of the 174 matches they wrestled at Nationals.
-Navonte Demison (126 lbs.) teched six out of the seven opponents he faced at Nationals.
– Ryan Gutierrez (132 lbs.) scored the most points in a match for Team California by scoring 29 points versus his opponent from Hawaii.
-Zander Wick (145 lbs.) scored 121 match points in the 11 matches he wrestled. He also won eight consecutive matches to finish fifth in the tournament.
-Evan Wick (152 lbs.) was the talk of the tournament as he knocked out the No. 1 and No. 5 wrestler in the nation to advance to the finals.


Getting To Know Fargo Cadet Freestyle All-American Trinity Oredina

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Jul 312015


Trinity Oredina – Rancho Buena Vista (SD)
By Pablo Di Maria
Trinity is only a freshman that was successful last season in winning the CIF San Diego Section and qualifying for the California state tournament at 101 lbs. Trinity recently traveled to Fargo Nationals where she placed eighth at 101 lbs. to earn All-American honors. I got a chance to speak to Trinity and asked her about her wrestling career and her future plans.
TCW – Trinity, most elite wrestlers begin competing at a youthful age, how old were you when you started to wrestle?
Trinity – I commenced wrestling at a young age of 10 years old when I was in the 5th grade in the San Diego area.
TCW – Most athletes have various coaches through their careers, however, there is always one coach who sticks out above the rest and helps them reach their aspirations. Who do you consider that coach to be for you?
Trinity – for me it has to be Coach Ruben Leon from No Mercy School of Wrestling out of Vista, California. He has been there for me and has abetted me so far to attain some of my dreams.
TCW – Can you let me know what’s your overall record since you started wrestling?
Trinity – In the first year I wrestle we didn’t keep track of my wins and losses, but so far since we began to save records I am 74-16.
TCW – Who has been the toughest opponent, you have faced on the mat?
Trinity – That’s a tough question to answer since I have wrestled some tough competitors over the years, but for me it has to be California and National Freestyle Champion, Alleida Martinez of Selma High.
TCW– How did it feel to become an All-American for the first time at Cadet Nationals?
Trinity – Becoming All-American was an accomplishment, but decidedly not what I hoped for. It Just gives me more motivation to work harder for next year and attempt to win my weight class.
TCW – How did it feel to have won the San Diego Section this past season as a freshman?
Trinity – Winning the San Diego Section as a freshman felt great. It was something I was working for all season long. If God permitting I hope to win three more and become a four-time champion in the future.
TCW – With so much talent coming back to the CIF California state tournament, do you believe you can become a state champion next season?
Trinity – With hard work and dedication, I feel I will be a strong contender to win the State Championship.
TCW- Is there something that not many people know about you?
Trinity -That I watch Japanese animated.
Thanks to Trinity for taking her valuable time and answering the questions I ask her.



Jason Welch – New Coach At Loyola Academy in Illinois

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Jul 312015



Courtesy of Loyola Academy
It is a great pleasure to announce that the New Head Wrestling Coach of the Loyola Academy Wrestling Program will be, Jason Welch.  Anyone who truly calls themselves a fan of the sport of wrestling knows who Jason Welch is. 3-time All-American, NCAA Finalist and the face of the Northwestern Wildcats for the past several years. Yes, that Jason Welch is the New Head Wrestling coach of the Loyola Ramblers wrestling program. In high-school, Jason was a 3-time state champion finishing with a career record of 194-7, with a 119 consecutive win streak, and was the Top Recruit in the entire country coming out of high school. Jason has been helping coach summer camps and clinics at Loyola for the past few years and has grown a passion for working with the high school wrestlers. He is passionate about the sport of wrestling (as you could imagine) and excited to share his techniques and strategies and lead the program in greatness. The Loyola wrestling community is very excited for Jason Welch to take over as the new head wrestling coach!

TCW Wrestler & Team of the Week

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Jul 292015


TCW Wrestler of the Week – Evan Wick – San Marino High School (S)

What a prodigious weekend the rising Junior Evan Wick out of San Marino High had. Evan was not anticipated to advance so deep in the tournament according to many national wrestling outlets. However, with the help of the California USA Wrestling staff, and his Titan Mercury Coaches Mo Mora and Olympian John Azevedo, Wick bulldozed his way into the 152 lbs. final with wins over the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation at the time – Hayden Hidlay of team Pennsylvania (14-13) and the No. 4 ranked wrestler, Griffin Parriott of team Minnesota via a pin (5:46) to finish in the runner-up position. Evan’s wrestling style had all the college coaches in attendance in awe as they gazed on his run to the finals of the tournament.

Due to his great performance at USA Wrestling Junior Nationals, Evan has been selected as this week’s TCW Wrestler of the Week.


2015 Junior Women's Freestyle National Champions

TEAM CALIFORNIA – 2015 Junior Women’s Freestyle National Champions

TCW Team of the Week – California Junior Women’s Team

California’s women’s Junior National Team deserves this award and many more for their extraordinary achievement at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Tournament. With 29 of its members gathering All-American honors and two National Champions in Sariyah Jones (105 lbs.) and Gracie Figueroa (117 lbs.), the team showed the rest of the country why they’re the best when it comes to women’s wrestling. Team California outscored second placed New York by 78 points to claim their sixth consecutive National Title. Team California wasn’t done dominating the competition. The following day, Team California won the Freestyle Junior Duals by winning Pool “A” with wins over New England (44-13), Texas (56-1) and New York (51-7) to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Pool. Once in the Gold Pool they defeated Texas (38-14) and New York (43-11) to claim the National Dual Tournament.


Gracie Figueroa (Selma High) and Sariyah Jones (Enoch High)

Congratulations to all the young ladies that participated in the event and helped California become National Champions.

Buchanan and Vacaville to Attend The Clash XIV

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Jul 282015


According to the Clash website http://www.clashmn.com/ Buchanan and Vacaville High will be attending the event that is scheduled to take place January 1-2, 2016. Buchanan High finished the regular season ranked No. 7 by FloWrestling and No. 12 by Intermat.
Buchanan had a phenomenal 2014-2015 season that included placing 4th in the CIF state tournament as a team, and having D.J Lloren win an individual state championship at 120 lbs. Nine varsity wrestlers from the Bears will be back for the 2015-2016 season. Buchanan is one of the favorites to dethrone cross town rival – Clovis High – from winning their sixth consecutive CIF state tournament.
Vacaville High has been attending The Clash Tournament since its creation in 2003. Their best showing in the tournament was in 2014 when they won the Third Bracket and finished 9th overall in the tournament. However, many individuals have gotten All-Tournament Team due to their great wrestling in the event. These honor with All-Clash Tournament are – Brett Sloan (2003), John Anthony Fracchia (2004), Kyle Dubs (2004), Jon Feld (2004), Anton De Leon (2004), Kody Klaus (2005), Clayton Jack (2005), Kody Klaus (2008), Johnny Schupp (2011), Kasey Klaus (2012), Chris Lai (2012), Gionn Peralta (2014), and Jeramy Sweany (2014).





Jul 282015
Zahid Valencia - St. John Bosco (S) #1 in the Nation

ZAHID VALENCIA – St. John Bosco (S) 2015 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year

The TCW congratulates St. John Bosco’s Zahid Valencia for being chosen the 2015 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year. He joins fellow Californian’s Lawrence Jackson (Santa Monica – 1986) and Morgan McIntosh (Calvary Chapel – 2011) with this distinguished honor.

ASICS Boys High School Wrestler of the Year
1986 – Lawrence Jackson, California
1987 – Dan Knight, Iowa
1988 – Alan Fried, Ohio
1989 – Adam Mariano, New York
1990 – Ray Brinzer, Pennsylvania
1991 – Scott Schluchter, Oklahoma
1992 – Cary Kolat, Pennsylvania
1993 – Joe Williams, Illinois
1994 – Oscar Wood, Oregon
1995 – Sean Hage, Georgia
1996 – David Kjeldgaard, Iowa
1997 – Kenny Cox, Oregon
1998 – T.J. Hill, Missouri
1999 – Damion Hahn, New Jersey
2000 – Jesse Jantzen, New York
2001 – Steven Mocco, New Jersey
2002 – Zack Esposito, New Jersey
2003 – Roger Kish, Michigan
2004 – Dustin Schlatter, Ohio
2005 – Troy Nickerson, New York
2006 – Henry Cejudo, Colorado
2007 – Cody Gardner, Virginia
2008 – Jason Chamberlain, Utah
2009 – David Taylor, Ohio
2010 – Logan Stieber, Ohio
2011 – Morgan McIntosh, California
2012 – Taylor Massa, Michigan
2013 – Kyle Snyder, Maryland
2014 – Chance Marsteller, Pennsylvania
2015 – Zahid Valencia, California





Victor Valley Junior College to Reinstate their Wrestling Program

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Jul 272015


Coach Scott Seeley (Photo courtesy of Victor Valley College)
Pablo Di Maria
Victorville, CA – In 2004, Scott Seeley took over the Rams wrestling team with the optimism of building a power in the Desert area. With such strong high school wrestling teams near the college like –  Hesperia, Sultana, Apple Valley, Granite Hill, Oak Hills, Victor Valley and many more, the future looked promising for Coach Seeley and staff. On Seeley’s first season as a head coach, he was able to help Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) become an All-American by placing fourth in the event.


2010 State Champion Victor Lopez
In 2007, Seeley helped Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) become the first finalist for him and the second All-American in his young coaching career. Things really began to look upward for the Rams in 2010 when as a team they placed 10th in the state and had two All-Americans. Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) became the first National Champion for Coach Seeley; his other All-America was Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) who placed fourth in the tournament. Lopez received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the 2010 season after his dominating performance in the state tournament.


2011 State Champion Ryan McWatters with Coach Seeley
In 2011 Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) and Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) became the fifth and sixth All-American for Coach Seeley after both wrestlers won the consolation finals. With all the success Coach Seeley was having during his tenure at Victor Valley, fans were expecting more great things out of the wrestling team for the time ahead.
 No Wrestling Team In 2014
In 2014, Coach Seeley received the devastating news that shocked the Victor Valley wrestling squad and the rest of the California Community College Athletic Association members, when it was told that the Rams were not going to participate in the 2014 season due to lack of interest by the student body. The news prompted Coach Seeley to take matters into his own hands and help keep the Victor valley team alive and ready to compete in the 2015 season.
Coach Seeley said interested wrestlers should contact him immediately at 760-524-2568 so that they can take a physical and get enrolled in classes.
“I genuinely want to fill the room,” Coach Seeley said. “Last year was a tough year for us. It won’t happen again.”
The Community College wrestling season is set to begin September 12.

All-Americans and Place winners for Victor Valley from 2004-2013                                                

Bryan Baker (174 lbs.) All-American -2004
John Lee (149 lbs.) 8th-2004
Carl Riding (125 lbs.) 7th – 2006
Brandon McKnight (141 lbs.) All-American -2007
Jeff Jones (275 lbs.) 5th -2008
Ray Bowen (141 lbs.) -7th 2008
Tim Quigg (125 lbs.) 7th -2008
Reggie Rubio (133 lbs.) 8th – 2009
Cheyne Cook (285 lbs.) All-American -2010
Eric Lopez (157 lbs.) First state champion -2010
Jimmy Araiza (149 lbs.) 8th -2010
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ray Delgado (125 lbs.) All-American -2011
Ryan McWatters (174 lbs.) National Champion -2012